ROBERT LEE LONG
U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss., told groups of Rotarians from Hernando and Southaven Wednesday that he is against the pending deal before Congress involving the Iran nuclear program that is aimed at preventing the Middle East nation from obtaining nuclear weaponry which could destabilize the region and the world.
"This Iran deal — I'm against it," Kelly said during a stop in Hernando. Kelly spoke to the Rotary Club of Hernando and later before a group of Rotarians and citizens from Southaven at Windy City Grille. "I don't trust the Iranians. I do not trust them to do the right thing. I think when they get it (nuclear bomb), they will use it."
Kelly said while he is just one of 435 members of the House, he hopes that the U.S. House and Senate get together to squelch the deal.
Kelly said a conventional war against Iran is preferable to a nuclear war.
"I choose a conventional war now rather than a nuclear war later on," Kelly said.
Kelly said he believes that the Iranians were never negotiating in good faith.
"It has nothing to do with the U.S. Administration that we have now," Kelly said. "I just don't trust the Iranians."
Kelly said he expects the vote on the Iran nuclear inspection and limitation agreement to come up for a vote before Congress during the next few weeks.
On other matters, Kelly said he will vote to defund Planned Parenthood and is pressing for a long-term national highway infrastructure program plan.
"We need a full, comprehensive, six-year infrastructure plan. You can't run a nation on a six-month or one-year deal. You need a long-term plan."
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (662) 429-6397, Ext. 252.